Toronto Community Housing programs in support of STEM learning for youth wins Visions of Science’s Community Partnership Award

Toronto Community Housing programs in support of STEM learning for youth wins Visions of Science’s Community Partnership Award

March 13, 2018

(TORONTO) March 12, 2018 — Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) received an Outstanding Community Partner Award from the Vision of Science organization at its annual gala on March 9. The award recognized the strong partnership between the two organizations that is providing access to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs to young people living in TCHC communities.  Toronto Community Housing provides space to Visions of Science, which in turn runs weekly programs in 17 TCHC communities. 

Visions of Science Network for Learning Inc. (VoSNL) is a charitable organization that aims to advance the educational achievements and career aspirations of youth from low-income and marginalized communities through meaningful engagement in STEM programs and research. 

“Toronto Community Housing’s support for the STEM Club program is part of a broader vision to empower young people and help them envision all the possibilities for their future. We are proud to partner with Visions of Science to bring a love of science and an awareness of STEM careers to youth in our communities,” TCHC President and CEO Kathy Milsom said.

“Through Community STEM clubs, hundreds of boys and girls in Grades 3 to 8 are encouraged to explore their interest in science, allowing them to envision science, engineering, and math career options. High school students are also engaged as community leaders to run the programs and participate in specific programming,” said Angela Cooke, Vice President of Resident and Community Services, who accepted the award on behalf of Toronto Community Housing.  

In addition to the STEM clubs, TCHC facilitates after-school, weekend and summer programming for youth in communities throughout the city. This includes the YouthWorx program to give youth summer employment experience, and the KickStart Soccer program (in partnership with MLSE Foundation, Toronto FC and Kia Canada) and the Rookie League baseball program (in partnership with the Jays Care Foundation), which both offer community sports and life skills programming.  TCHC also coordinates a broad range of postsecondary scholarships programs for youth, thanks to more than a dozen sponsor organizations.  
Toronto Community Housing received the award during Visions in Science’s annual fundraising event, held at Daniels Spectrum in Toronto. At the event, Celina Ceasar-Chavannes, MP for Whitby and Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development, was the keynote speaker, and Ontario Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development Mitzie Hunter, MPP for Scarborough-Guildwood, announced provincial Trillium Funding for Visions of Science.  

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About Visions for Science

Visions of Science Network for Learning Inc. (VoSNL) is a charitable organization that aims to advance the educational achievements and career aspirations of youth from low-income and marginalized communities through meaningful engagement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and research. The organization was founded in 2004, and has engaged more than 10,500 youth, providing programming in low-income communities in collaboration with social housing partners such as Toronto Community Housing and Peel Housing Corporation. 

About Toronto Community Housing

Toronto Community Housing (www.torontohousing.ca) is Canada's largest social housing provider. We are owned by the City of Toronto and provide homes for nearly 60,000 low- and moderate-income households in 106 of the city’s 144 neighbourhoods. Our 2,100 buildings represent a $10-billion public asset. 

Media contact: TCHC media line 416-737-1352 or media@torontohousing.ca